Holmes on the Range (Holmes on the Range Series #1)
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Holmes on the Range (Holmes on the Range Series #1)

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by Steve Hockensmith
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312358040

ISBN-13: 9780312358044

Pub. Date: 02/06/2007

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

"Dazzling. Sherlock Holmes in a Stetson turns out to be a dandy idea."
Boston Globe

1893 is a tough year in Montana, and any job is a good job. When brothers Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer sign on as ranch hands at a secretive ranch, they're not expecting much more than hard work, bad pay, and a few free moments to enjoy their favorite

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"Dazzling. Sherlock Holmes in a Stetson turns out to be a dandy idea."
Boston Globe

1893 is a tough year in Montana, and any job is a good job. When brothers Big Red and Old Red Amlingmeyer sign on as ranch hands at a secretive ranch, they're not expecting much more than hard work, bad pay, and a few free moments to enjoy their favorite pastime: reading stories about Sherlock Holmes.

When another hand turns up dead, Old Red sees the perfect opportunity to employ his Holmes-inspired "deducifyin'" skills and sets out to solve the case. Big Red, like it or not (and mostly he does not), is along for the wild ride in this clever, compelling, and completely one-of-a-kind mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312358044
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/06/2007
Series:
Holmes on the Range Series, #1
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
300,373
Product dimensions:
8.04(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.80(d)

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Holmes on the Range (Holmes on the Range Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
ThatGirlAtTheParty More than 1 year ago
This book was laugh out loud funny and engaging mystery. I loved it. Am now reading the second in the series and will look forward to future adventures with Big Red and Old Red! This is a great book to start young people out in the mystery genre.
YoyoMitch More than 1 year ago
The cover of this book is reminiscent of a Remington painting, it was found in the clearance bin of one of my dealers and turned out to be a treasure (except for one flaw, see below). I have enjoyed the occasional mystery and prefer the Sherlock Holmes type when I do read from that genre; after reading Lonesome Dove, I have a certain affinity for tales of the Old West. This book encapsulates both tastes in a well-paced tale of life on a Montana cattle ranch, the Cantlemere Ranche, and the mystery surrounding that sinister patch of land. The detectives are Gustav (Old Red) and Otto (Big Red) Amlingmeyer, brothers and the last of their lineage (the rest of their family having been either dispensed by disease or carried off by flood, along with their farm) who are cattle drovers. At least they were cattle drovers until they were hired on at the "Bar VR," as the ranch is known, and a couple of deaths add mystery to the already shadowy cattle farm. Big Red ("size-wise I'm just a shade smaller than your average house" p.5), the youngest of his clan, is the only member of his family who learned to read, Old Red ("having as he does a crotchety side more befitting a man of seventy-two than twenty-seven"), the eldest of said clan, enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes mysteries read to him by his brother from penny dreadfuls and Harper's Bizarre Magazine. Because of his brothers reading, "Some folks get religion. Gustav got Sherlock Holmes." His interest shows to be more than a literary enjoyment, as he proves to be a better detective than a drover, and he is a superior cattle wrangler. The story is narrated by Otto (Big Red) who uses wonderful, pithy, sometimes very colorful ways to describe what is occurring within the story. Big Red is known for being overly verbose and he stands true to that reputation in the telling of this yarn. His powers of observation may be far short of those of his brother, but his ability to relate the action is second to no one. He plays well Dr. Watson to Old Red's Sherlock Holmes. There were moments in reading this book where I had to stop reading to giggle, then read the sentence again, then stop to laugh. Mr. Hockensmith borrows heavily from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries but adds humor in abundance and treats Mr. Holmes as a historic character, which adds unexpected depth to the tale here told. The characters, with the exception of the Amlingmeyer brothers, are largely recycled characters from other mysteries but the reader is entranced by the book's setting, the predicaments the brothers address and Big Red's constant commentary. The author made the ending too neat and tidy for the set up and plot development given throughout the book and this is the flaw in the book. The ending will not "ruin" the book, but it detracts from its otherwise freshness and creativity. This is a book easily read over a rainy weekend, barring prolonged and frequent periods of laughter. These are cowboys doing most of the talking, so the language is colorful. There are multiple deaths, one very gruesome, graphically described. There is little of true value to be found in this book beyond laughter and a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a big fan of either the mystery or Western genres but I bought this book on a whim. And - wow! - what a delightful find. The book draws you into it with its folksy, quirky twists. Before you realize it, you're hooked into an amusing page turner. Mr. Hockensmith has created - I hope - a great new series starring the Amlingmeyer brothers.
NovaReader More than 1 year ago
I fully enjoy reading this mystery. Two bumbling brothers struggle to solve a murder on a large cattle ranch. I also learn new things about what cattle drovers are expected to do on the job. All the characters are pretty well created because you can't help forming emotions toward them. That, and the actions within the story make this one fun read. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
UncleDavy More than 1 year ago
It starts off a little slow as it is introducing the mystery and the characters, but after awhile it gets exciting and the mystery is a good one. Some twists you'll figure out but others will surprise you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read Hockensmith in the monthly mystery mags and these characters are always a joy to find. This is a must get and savor book. If you love mysteries and you love the west, you'll love what Hockensmith has created. I read close to 20 books a week and write inbetween, plus work full-time. This one is definitely going to be read and placed with the keepers.
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Great combination of humor and mystery. Fans of sherlock holmes should read this book.
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